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Feb. 9, 2005

Photos: (top, left to right) Carmen Samples, an American, Darius, a Lithuanian
orphan, and Jack Irwin. Three teen leaders and one participant (young man in
green) with Jack Irwin at a Snowball camp in Vievis, Lithuania (bottom).

Drug Prevention In Lithuania Focus Of Feb. 14 International Mondays

Preventing drug and alcohol abuse in Lithuania will be the focus of an upcoming International Mondays lecture Feb. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. Jack Irwin, a retired high school counselor working in Eastern Europe, will give a lecture titled, "Drug and Alcohol Prevention in Lithuania." The lecture, which is the first in the 2005 spring series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The focus of the lecture will be on prevention activities, but Irwin also plans on discussing his views on the transformation of a former-Soviet state to a democratic country.

"The use of alcohol in the former Soviet Union has presented many challenges for the countries which were part of the USSR. With the advent of an improved economy, Lithuania is now facing addiction to other drugs as well," Irwin said.

Irwin was a high school counselor in a small rural high school of 600 students. In that position, he was responsible for all drug and alcohol issues from intervention to prevention. Irwin retired at 53 and has been volunteering in Eastern Europe since that time. He has also assisted in starting a prevention group in Poland and has been a lecturer at the Catholic seminaries of Lithuania and Latvia.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen